DJD is a professional jazz dance company that is dedicated to creating original world-class jazz performances, and to offering world-class training opportunities for jazz dance artists. National auditions, for both our dance company and our professional training program, take place annually.
2021/22 Audition Notice
For the 2021/22 season, DJD is seeking male and female dancers who are passionate about jazz dance and the work of DJD for both our Company and Professional Training Program (PTP). Due to the unique times we are in, DJD will be conducting a multi-stage virtual & in-person audition process.
Dancers interested in auditioning for Company positions must be at least 20 years of age and have a passion for jazz dance and music. Professional experience, versatility, background in rooted jazz dance, swing, hip hop, and/or West African dance is an asset. Personal groove is essential. Dancers should have a deep understanding of their bodies and technical training in the above forms and/or classical or contemporary dance. The DJD Company, generally on contract full-time from September – May, employs 8-12 professional dancers and is dedicated to progressively honouring the historical roots of jazz dance. Contracts include health benefits, chiropractic, physiotherapy, and health club/yoga studio memberships.
A limited number of paid training/understudy positions with the DJD Company may be available in conjunction with the Professional Training Program. Dancers will be considered for these positions at the discretion of the Artistic Director.
The Professional Training Program (PTP) at DJD offers 10-15 advanced level dancers an eight-month intensive training experience. The program runs Monday to Friday from September to May, offering three hours of training each day. Dancers auditioning for the Professional Training Program must be at least 18 years of age and interested in furthering their knowledge of jazz dance and the work of DJD. DJD encourages all dancers, regardless of financial situation, to audition for the Professional Training Program. Bursaries and scholarships may be a possibility for the 2021/22 season.
Stage 1 – Video Submission
DJD invites dancers seeking employment with our Company or a place in our Professional Training Program to submit a video that highlights the following:
– groove and improvisation – using jazz or music in the family of jazz, improvise in a way that we can see your groove
– a display of technical ability – Please provide content that clearly displays your ability and mastery of your chosen dance form be that classical, contemporary, or a jazz related dance technique. Please note that although DJD’s work is rooted in West African dance and African-American forms, the use of classical and contemporary techniques, in the way it supports facility and accuracy of movement, can be seen within our training and choreography.
– a short dance sequence to a piece of music of your choice – A video of a previous performance will suffice as long as you are clearly identifiable.
Video submissions can be sent to email@example.com and must be received by Monday March 15, 2021. Videos can be received via Dropbox or a link to Google Drive.
Stage 2 – Online Audition
After DJD receives and considers your video, you may be invited to attend an online audition over a Zoom video call. DJD will organize dancers into smaller audition groups based on interest (Company or PTP) and location. Dancers will be notified in advance of their proposed audition date and time. All online auditions will take place between March 22-25 and April 5-9.
Stage 3 – TBD
Potential In-person audition may be scheduled for the of Spring of 2021. Information to be confirmed based on Covid-19 protocols and travel restrictions.
Any questions with regards to the audition process can be emailed to Dance School Principal, Joanne Baker .